Giordano scores in return, Flames beat Coyotes 4-1

Published on NewsOK Modified: December 5, 2013 at 1:57 am •  Published: December 5, 2013
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CALGARY, Alberta (AP) — Mark Giordano returned from a broken ankle Wednesday night and the Calgary Flames got right back to winning.

That's exactly what they were doing before he got injured.

Back in the lineup after missing 18 games, the captain scored a goal and added an assist in Calgary's 4-1 victory over the Phoenix Coyotes.

"For me, personally, to get back in, it was a great feeling," said Giordano, who proudly wore the Flames fire hat after being the team's choice for player of the game. "I felt pretty good. Your adrenaline gets going pretty quick and I really didn't feel my ankle at all tonight, so that's a great sign."

TJ Brodie also had a goal and an assist for the Flames.

Giordano's goal was a big one, extending the lead to 3-1 at 11:46 of the second period. On the power play, Giordano's shot from the blue line changed direction off the stick of Antoine Vermette and eluded goalie Thomas Greiss.

"Scoring always feels great. Obviously, that one was a bit lucky, going off the stick, but it was a great feeling and I felt after that for the rest of the game, we played pretty solid," said Giordano, who has 11 points in nine games — four fewer than his total in 47 games last season.

Giordano was injured Oct. 21 during a victory in Los Angeles. At the time, the Flames were 4-2-2. While he was absent, the club went 5-11-2.

"Obviously, it's a big deal to get your captain back. He's our leader on and off the ice," goalie Karri Ramo said. "He's been around us the whole time he's been hurt and trying to help the team any way he can, so it was really good to see him out there."

Mikael Backlund and Lee Stempniak also scored for the Flames, who have won consecutive games for the first time since Oct. 9 and 11. They won on home ice for just the second time in their past nine games (2-5-2).

Keith Yandle scored for Phoenix, which won 6-2 in Edmonton on Tuesday night. The Coyotes have split the first two games of their four-game road trip, which continues Friday night in Vancouver.

"Got unlucky with a goal at the end of the first period that probably gave them some momentum, and we couldn't get it back," Phoenix coach Dave Tippett said. "We had lots of pucks around the net, lots of opportunities. That's the way it goes sometimes."

Trailing 1-0, the Flames tied it with 8 seconds left in the first period when Brodie's shot deflected in off the leg of Phoenix defenseman David Schlemko for his career-high third goal.

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